• Happy Birthday Jason Witten

    by Manju Alexander | May 06, 2013

    The Family Place team wants to wish Jason Witten a happy birthday today!

    Thank you for everything you do.

    Happy Birthday Jason Witten fromThe Family Place

  • Stiletto Strut and Loafer Lounge Make an Entry in Rachael's Social Diary on CultureMap

    by Manju Alexander | May 01, 2013

    Dapper Dallas gents join well-heeled ladies for 6th annual Stiletto Strut

    April 30, 2013
    CultureMap Dallas

    Jennifer Strauss, Robert Weatherly, Paige Flink, Neiman Marcus, Stiletto Strut

    What do you get when a couple hundred lovely Dallas ladies are invited to wear their favorite heels for a trot around Neiman Marcus Downtown? Stiletto Strut, of course — and perhaps a few blistered toes.

    Guys in lace-ups joined gals in sky-high designer heels for the sixth annual fete benefiting the Family Place. Dapper hosts Robert Weatherly, Bryan Curran, Chuck Jacaman and Jerry Rasansky helped launch the new Loafer Lounge at the The Joule, where the men sat back and relaxed while they waited for the women to arrive.

    We think those guys had the best idea. Gentlemen such as John Bobbitt, Lonnier Jordan, Daniel Marty and Ricky Grunden kicked back to beats by DJs Jennifer Miller, Paul Paredes and Nick van House as we girls hit the pavement in support of the nonprofit’s efforts to end family violence.

    Fueled by champagne and Fluffpop cotton candy, supporters such as Shona Gilbert, Maggie Kipp, Yvonne Crum, Claire Emanuelson and Dee Dee Lee purchased raffle tickets and posed like models in the photo booth while DJ Lucy Wrubel provided the sounds. Then event chairs Jenifer Strauss, Stacy Girard and Lindsay Jacaman led the ladies out of the department store and down the street to crash the boys' party at the Joule.

    “I have been involved with the Family Place for many years and was so excited that [executive director] Paige Flink asked Lindsay, Stacy and I to combine our love of shoes and our devotion to this worthwhile cause,” Strauss said.

    Read the full entry and all photos at CultureMap Dallas.

  • Take a Look at Pictures from our 2013 Stiletto Strut and Loafer Lounge

    by Manju Alexander | May 01, 2013
  • D Magazine Deems Stiletto Strut A Cant Miss Event

    by Manju Alexander | Apr 23, 2013

    Can’t Miss: Stiletto Strut on Thursday

    by Raya Ramsey
    April 22, 2013

    Stiletto Strut.

    This annual event at Neiman Marcus Downtown hits its sixth birthday. This Thursday, gaggles of ladies will flock to the flagship boutique in their finest footwear to march around the block to benefit The Family Place. But as enjoyable as it is hearing the thunderous harmony of hundreds of heels clicking together (I love that sound), let’s be honest: the real fun is in the socializing and clinking champagne glasses afterward. Tickets and sponsorships for the event can still be purchased here and fall under aptly named categories such as “Kitten Heel” and “Slingback.” Proceeds help the organization fight against domestic violence. And don’t worry, fellas, your complaints of being left out have been heard and resolved. Jeanne Prejean has the details on the dudes’ Loafer Lounge on My Sweet Charity.

    Where: Neiman Marcus Downtown
    When: Thursday, April 25 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    Tickets: $75 to $5,000 here

    Read more in ShopTalk.

  • Paige Flink on D the Broadcast

    by Manju Alexander | Apr 23, 2013
    Check out Paige Flink, Director of The Family Place on D: The Broadcast on Monday, April 22!


  • Breakdown Session 1 of Training Camp

    by Manju Alexander | Apr 23, 2013

    The Family Place hosted the first of four educational Training Camp sessions on April 18, 20133. Twenty-five men attended and received training on the impact of domestic violence presented by Lt. Miguel Sarmiento from the Dallas Police Department. The attendees also heard from Patty Bryan, a survivor of  domestic violence, who shared her story of how violence affected her life and how she was able to persevere through her many struggles as a victim. Orenthal McRea, who was ordered to attend a Battering Intervention Program and successfully completed the program in 2012, encouraged the attendees to become involved in the fight against abuse.   

    The Next Step Training Camp is a free, four-part educational series that will provide menthe opportunity to become involved in helping end domestic violence in the Dallas area.

    The goal of the Training Camp is to train men on how domestic violence impacts the community; how to safely intervene when you see abuse happening; how to become a mentor for young boys; and how to team up with other community organizations to help end violence in the Dallas area.

    Stay tuned for Session 2!

  • Happy Mothers Day - Mothers Day is Just Around the Corner

    by Manju Alexander | Apr 18, 2013

    What's better than a homemade card?

    Instead of a store bought Mother’s Day card this year, make a special tribute to your mother at The Family Place. Each Mother’s Day card will be delivered on a one-of-a-kind card, personally designed by a child at The Family Place!

    Order no later than May 8, 2013 to allow delivery by Mother’s Day.

    Click here to get started!

  • NOW is the Time to Take the Next Step

    by Manju Alexander | Apr 18, 2013

    Dallas shelter hosts “Training Camp” for men to get involved in fight against domestic violence

    April 18, 2013
    by Sarah Mervosh
    The Dallas Morning News

    Piggybacking on the mayor’s anti-domestic violence campaign targeting men, The Family Place shelter is hosting a “Training Camp” Thursday night to teach men the basics about domestic violence and how to help stop it.

    It will be the first in a four-part series that aims to give men the tactical tools they need to participate in the fight against domestic violence. The event is at Union Coffee at 5622 Dyer St. in Dallas from 6 to 8 p.m.

    The new camp is the shelter’s way of keeping the momentum going after Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ anti-domestic violence rally last month. At least 5,000 men attended the downtown rally, and The Family Place wants to give those men and others an opportunity to get involved.

    Executive director Paige Flink hopes “The Next Step Training Camp” will help arm men with the knowledge and resources that will help them go into their communities and make a difference.

    “Being well intentioned isn’t enough,” she said. “You have to have the right information to do something that can change the course of a bad situation.”

    Lt. Miguel Sarmiento of the Dallas Police Department will share his story during the session Thursday night. A former abuser who has graduated from a batterer’s intervention program will also speak about his journey toward change.

    In hearing the former abuser speak, Flink said “some men are going to see some behaviors they may have. They’ll certainly see behaviors that their friends have or their coworkers.”

    Men can sign up here if they’d like to attend.

    Upcoming sessions will delve into topics like healthy masculinity, positive fatherhood, how to hold abusers accountable and becoming a mentor to young men.

    “It’s men who are going to stop and change this issue,” Flink said.

    Read more at dallasnews.com.

  • Marjon Zabihi from Neiman Marcus talks about Stiletto Strut on D the Broadcast

    by Manju Alexander | Apr 18, 2013

    Did you catch Stiletto Strut on D The Broadcast?

    Marjon Zabihi from Neiman Marcus talks about the strut and some great shoes trends this season!

    Click here to watch the video!

  • Stiletto Strut makes an appearance in MySweetCharity

    by Manju Alexander | Apr 18, 2013

    The Guys Want To Loaf While The Ladies Stiletto Strut Around Neiman Marcus Downtown For The Family Place

    April 15, 2013
    by Jeanne Prejean

    2012 Stiletto Strutters (File photo)

    2012 Stiletto Strutters (File photo)

    Ever since the Stiletto Strut starting circling the Neiman Marcus Downtown block, it’s been a ladies-only affair of champagning, chatting and charity supporting. After all, how many fellas want to don nose-bleed-high heels and stroll the streets in rush hour traffic.

    Robert Weatherly (File photo)

    Robert Weatherly (File photo)

    That’s what we thought, too. That is until this year. No, it’s not what you think. The fellas aren’t going to be wobbling around on heels, but they will be doing “their own thang” to help raise money for The Family Place, this year’s Stiletto Strut beneficiary, on Thursday, April 25.

    Robert Weatherly is chairing the Loafer Lounge at The Joule. And true to its name, the gents will be loafing around the pool deck until the ladies take to the street. Then they will rise from chairs and cheers the gals from on high.

    Afterwards, the boys will be joined by the girls for the Patron Party.

    Both groups will have their own tailor-made raffles.

    For the girls:

    • $100 tickets have a chance to win
      • Season of Shoe (a pair of shoes every season from NM Downtown)
      • Sewell Gift Envelope (a “mega collection of gift items valued at over $6,000 to more than 30 of the most upscale businesses in town”).
    • $25 tickets have a chance to win
      • Weekend Getaway Package (two-night weekend stay at The Joule, dinner for two in Charlie Palmer, two hours of ESPA time for two and an ESPA gift box from Headington Companies),
      • Lana Jewelry Collection,
      • Dinner and Wine Pairing for 8 (La Madeleine creator Patrick Esquerre will present an evening to remember. You just have to choose the location and guest list.) or
      • 10 Hours with Wardrobe Consultant Debby Allbright.

    For the guys:

    • $100 chance tickets have a chance to win
      • Golf Package (Four tickets to the Colonial Golf Tournament with weekend use of a Cadillac and a car wash and four tickets to the Byron Nelson Golf Tournament with a weekend use of a Cadillac and a car wash with car service provided by Uber)
    • $25 tickets have a chance to win
      • Loafers at Hadleigh’s (a pair of the coveted Hadleigh’s Gentlemen’s Smoking Slippers,
      • Dinner for Six With Chef John Tesar (Dinner and wine pairing with Chef John Tesar and car service provided by Uber) or
      • 10 Hours with Wardrobe Consultant Debbie Allbright.

    Besides sharing the goal to raise $$ for The Family Place, the Stiletto Strut and Loafers Lounge tickets can be founded here while they still last.

    Read more at MySweetCharity.com.

  • The Family Place Hosts Take The Next Step Training Camp for Men

    by Manju Alexander | Apr 11, 2013

    The Family Place - Take the Next StepTraining Camp

    The Family Place Presents Take the Next Step Training Camp

    A Leadership Initiative Encouraging MEN to Join the Fight Against Domestic Violence

    WHAT: The Family Place will host the first of four, free educational series next week that will provide men the opportunity to become involved in helping end domestic violence in the Dallas Area. In the wake of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ Rally against domestic violence, The Family Place created this program so that attendees would learn how domestic violence impacts the community, how to step in when you see abuse happening, and how to become a mentor.

    Session One: Fundamentals

    Domestic Violence 101 – Everyone is Affected
    Presenter: Lt. Miguel Sarmiento, Dallas Police Department

    Why Men Abuse – From the Eyes of a Batterer
    Presenters: David Almager, Batterer’s Intervention Program Director, and a program graduate

    Space is limited! For more information or to register, visit www.familyplace.org/take-the-next-step-training-camp  or call 214.692.8295.

    "When one man abuses a woman, it diminishes ALL men."

    WHEN: Thursday, April 18, 2013 | 6:00PM-8:00PM

    WHERE: Union Coffee | 5622 Dyer Street, Dallas, TX

    CONTACT: David Almager | 214.692.8295 | dalmager@familyplace.org

  • David Almager Appears on Good Morning Texas

    by Manju Alexander | Mar 27, 2013

    David Almager, Director of the Battering Invention and Prevention Program at The Family Place, went to Good Morning Texas this morning to talk about "Help for Men Who Abuse Women".  In the wake of Saturday's rally, David talked about our specialized program for men who are abusive. Watch the segment from Good Morning Texas below!

  • Dallas Men - Take the next step to end domestic violence

    by Manju Alexander | Mar 26, 2013

    Paige Flink and Jan Langbein: Dallas men, your next job in stopping domestic violence

    25 March 2013
    The Dallas Morning News

    To the men of Dallas:

    It was an amazing sight to see thousands of you braving the weather, standing in front of Dallas City Hall to take a pledge to stop domestic abuse in our city. There were men from all walks of life, teachers, preachers, coaches, celebrities, politicians and students — fathers and sons, fathers and daughters.

    For more than 30 years, family-violence service providers have worked to see this day come, and we say thank you. Thank you for making Dallas a model for the nation, a place where men say enough is enough — domestic violence is not acceptable, period.

    But what comes next? How do we maintain this momentum? How do we make this a beginning of a new movement? What will you do individually and collectively to make sure that this wasn’t a one-time show of support?

    Mayor Mike Rawlings asked the men at the rally to pledge to never hurt a woman. Even if you weren’t at the event, you can join them by making these personal commitments:

    I will never physically harm or emotionally abuse women.

    I will speak out and step in when I see a man abusing a woman.

    I will hold abusive men accountable for their actions and encourage them to seek counseling.

    I will teach my daughters, nieces and granddaughters that they never have to accept violence in a relationship.

    I will teach my sons, nephews and grandsons that violence is an unacceptable way to express anger.

    I will never blame the victim for “bringing it on herself.”

    You can also make an impact by holding our elected officials accountable. Make sure your representatives in Austin and Washington pass laws and provide funding to help curb violence in the home.

    Talk about domestic violence at work. It will help make your company more productive if the women you work with aren’t afraid in their homes. Make work a safe place for them to share their fears.

    Encourage your faith leaders to think safety first when someone in the congregation comes to them for advice.

    Get involved as a volunteer and financial supporter of agencies working to stop family violence. Go to genesisshelter.org and learn about how your co-workers, church members and other groups can participate in special events that allow Genesis Women’s Shelter to provide lifesaving services to women and children at no cost.

    Keep the momentum going by coming to the Family Place Training Camp. This free, four-part educational series will help men understand how to recognize the warning signs of abusive relationships, gain tools to train young men to avoid abusive behaviors, learn how to become a mentor and leader in holding men accountable, and find ways to have positive relationships in their family lives. To sign up for the first camp, April 18, go to familyplace.org.

    Many of us have deep-rooted beliefs that domestic violence is someone else’s problem, that it’s a family matter and somehow not our business. National statistics show that one in four women will be a victim of physical assault in her lifetime.

    That means somewhere, a woman you know has experienced the unspeakable — hurt and harm at the hands of someone who is supposed to love her. It matters to her if you speak up and tell her that you care, that you don’t want her to suffer alone and that she doesn’t deserve to be abused.

    We know that violence against women will decrease when men are involved in the solution. The outcome of men’s involvement in the solutions will be powerful. Working together, we can reduce the number of domestic violence murders in our city. We can all agree on that goal.

    The men of Dallas can do this. You can make Dallas a place where the culture changes, a place where women can feel safe that a bystander will be there for her to step up and say, “No more!”

    Paige Flink is executive director of the Family Place and may be contacted at phflink@familyplace.org. Jan Langbein is executive director of the Genesis Women’s Shelter and may be contacted at jlangbein@genesisshelter.org.

    Read more at Dallasnews.com.

  • BIPP Program Director David Almager on Telemundo Dallas

    by Manju Alexander | Mar 26, 2013

    David Almager, Director of BIPP (Batterer's Intervention and Prevention Program) at The Family Place appears on Telemundo Dallas in the wake of the Mayor's Rally against domestic violence.

    Click here to watch.

  • Executive Director Paige Flink Talks With Brad Watson of Inside Texas Politics

    by Manju Alexander | Mar 26, 2013

    Brad Watson, Host of Inside Texas Politics, talks with Paige Flink, Executive Director of The Family Place after Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings' rally against domestic abuse this weekend.

    Read the full article on WFAA.

  • The End of Domestic Violence in Dallas Ends 3.23.13

    by Manju Alexander | Mar 26, 2013

    On Saturday, March 23, 2013, thousands of men joined Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings at City Hall for his Dallas Men Against Abuse Rally. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, celebrities, religious leaders together came together to inspire men at Saturday's rally. It was an amazing sight to see Dallas Men Against Abuse Leaders promising to help end domestic violence in Dallas.

    2013 Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings' Rally Against Domestic Violence

    Read more coverage from WFAA and The Dallas Morning News.

  • Family Place client speaks out - I am proof that abuse can stop

    by Manju Alexander | Mar 23, 2013

    Orenthal McRae: I am proof that abuse can stop

    21 March 2013
    The Dallas Morning News

    “If I had known then what I know now ….”

    How many times has that phrase run through our minds after we had a lot of time to painstakingly reflect on the past and experience a different way of thinking?

    Through just that kind of personal reflection was I able to understand that continuing a pattern of abuse toward my wife would harm her and my entire family in ways that were completely out of line with my core beliefs and values. Being accountable for the person I had become and taking the steps to change has made me a better husband, a better father and a better man.

    Domestic violence and abuse is far more prevalent than anyone can ever comprehend or imagine. Trying to justify that abuse is not as bad as all-out physical violence is not acceptable.

    Many words are associated with abuse and violence — blackened eyes, scratches, scars, bruises and abrasions. Just because a man hasn’t resorted to physical violence doesn’t mean he’s in the clear.

    Change is a difficult task to master. The stigma and shame associated with abusive behavior often cause men to shy away from seeking help.

    Attending a Battering Intervention and Prevention Program, such as the one offered at the Family Place in Dallas, is a valuable option that needs to be introduced as early as possible — especially to young men — to prevent and/or stop abusive behaviors.

    It’s a program that can also save a man from the painful experience of having to say, “If I had known ….”

    One of the most difficult tasks is to look in the mirror at the man you’ve become. The second is to honestly accept what you see, be willing to change and take steps to make that change.

    Abuse is a conditioned response. It is a learned behavior. And it is behavior that’s always taken at the expense of others. Our challenge as men is to step out the shadows of shame and embarrassment. Allow the light to shine on our issues and show ownership of the negative behavior.

    There are movements all across the country to address these shameful behaviors, and these days men have the chance to find encouraging environments and unprecedented opportunities where changes in attitude can happen.

    The stigma of abuse has hindered the willingness to come forward and seek help. No man wants to be an island or an outcast.

    You’ve heard the statements: “Any man who hits a woman is not a man” or “If he puts his hands on you, he’s not a man.” The bottom line is that those statements are true. More important, we can break free of the shackles of those phrases. We can end the stigma and break the cycle by joining together and starting anew.

    So in large numbers, let’s be the Clark Kent who loves and rescues our Lois Lane in ways that are just as important as Superman-like deeds — whether that’s the power of taking out the trash at home or reassuring and taking away our loved one’s fears.

    Abuse is a behavior that we can change by simply going into the booth of reality and becoming who we are meant to be: REAL MEN.

    Orenthal McRae completed the Dallas Battering Intervention and Prevention Program at the Family Place in 2012. He asked that his full name not be published. The Family Place provides comprehensive programs that stop domestic abuse. To learn more, go to familyplace.org.

    Read the full article on Dallasnews.com.

  • Hansen Unplugged - Real Men Dont Hit Women

    by Manju Alexander | Feb 19, 2013

    Dale Hansen Unplugged: Real Men Don't Hit Women

    by Dale hansen
    February 18, 2013

    Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is trying to put a stop to domestic violence in the city, and it's long past the time someone did.

    The mayor says we live in a country where we disagree about almost everything, and he's right about that. We argue about gun control... birth control... the money our government spends... and the taxes we pay.

    We disagree about the religion we choose (or no religion at all). We even argue with people about the people they choose to love.

    But as the mayor says, how can we argue or disagree about this:

    Dallas police Chief David Brown says his officers handle 13,000 domestic abuse calls every year.

    Thirteen thousand.

    Every year.

    And imagine how many women are too battered or too scared to even call.

    My dad hit my mom once (at least only once that I ever knew about), but he broke her nose. My dad was a big man, a truck driver with huge arms and one of the strongest men I've ever known.

    But never has such a big man looked so small in the eyes of a little boy.

    We need to change the culture of domestic violence. I've laughed at the jokes; I've told some of the jokes; I've seen the T-shirts some men wear.

    But it's not funny.

    It never should have been funny.

    And it's time we change.

    Just like we stopped the jokes about drinking and driving; just like we changed the culture about smoking the cigarettes that kill so many; we can change this, too.

    I know it's not popular to quote liberals in Texas, but former Sen. Ted Kennedy said, "We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we make."

    And we start making that better future now.

    We make a better future for our moms and our wives... better for our sisters... a better future for our daughters and granddaughters.

    We have been quiet too long, saying, 'It's none of my business' when it's everybody's business.

    It is a blight on our city that has no boundary. It knows no color. It's a problem in some of our poorest neighborhoods, and a problem in the richest neighborhoods as well.

    Real men... who are gentlemen... don't hit women.

    Real men... who are gentlemen... we need you to join us and stand up now.

    We stand together Saturday, March 23 at Dallas City Hall to say we won't stand quietly by any more; we won't condone it any more; we won't look the other way any more; we won't defend you any more; we won't listen to your excuses any more; and we will not accept it any more.

    Let's join together and raise our voices together as we tell every man in our city, every young boy who will soon be that man — it stops today.

    We change the culture of domestic violence.

    We change the future.

    And we live on in that better future we make.

    Email dhansen@wfaa.com.

  • Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announces Men Against Abuse Rally will be on March 23

    by Manju Alexander | Feb 12, 2013

    Mayor Rally: Men Against Abuse - March 23

    Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announces "Men Against Abuse" Rally will be on March 23, 2013.

    Men Against Abuse - Putting an end to Domestic Violence in Dallas

    Mayor's Rally - 3/23/2013 at 10:00AM

    Take the first step to ending domestic violence in Dallas

    Join event by going to this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/476095059118773/!


  • BREAKING NEWS: VAWA Passes the Senate

    by Manju Alexander | Feb 12, 2013

    BREAKING NEWS!! VAWA passes the Senate by a vote of 78-22!



    S. 47, VAWA reauthorization, passes the Senate by a vote of 78-22 on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Neither of the Texas Senators voted yes but thankfully, it didn't matter.

    Statement from the President on the Senate Passage of VAWA


    Office of the Press Secretary
    February 12, 2013

    Statement from the President on the Senate Passage of the Violence Against Women Act

    Today the Senate passed a strong bipartisan bill to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act. This important step shows what we can do when we come together across party lines to take up a just cause. The bill... passed by the Senate will help reduce homicides that occur from domestic violence, improve the criminal justice response to rape and sexual assault, address the high rates of dating violence experienced by young women, and provide justice to the most vulnerable among us. I want to thank Senator Leahy and his colleagues from both sides of the aisle for the leadership they have shown on behalf of victims of abuse. It's now time for the House to follow suit and send this bill to my desk so that I can sign it into law.


    We will have our work cut out for us in the House of Representatives. Every one of you who support the reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act will have to call your Representative.